Chennai City FC get lucky through Prasanth's injury time winner as they sink the title contenders East Bengal

Koushik Venkatesh  |  Chennai City  |  2 Years Ago

The underdogs Chennai City have eventually pulled off a stunning victory over the title contenders Kingfisher East Bengal today at home. It seems the football gods were smiling upon Chennai on a day where it looked like East Bengal would just waltz over Chennai. 

In the must win clash for the Bengalis, they came out all guns blazing and made an extremely positive start to the game which saw them test Chennai goalkeeper Karanjit singh in the first few minutes. Although Chennai did attack, they never had a concrete chance apart from the chance from the big Brazilian Marcos Vinicius. 

East Bengal took a well deserved lead towards the end of the first half when Bheke got in behind Chennai’s left back Debabrata Roy and whipped in an almost inch perfect cross that found the head of Willis Plaza. The half time whistle came at just the right time for Chennai as it gave them an opportunity to regroup and come back stronger in the second half. 

On the contrary, the second half belonged to Chennai more positively with East Bengal giving away a few cheap free kicks. Chennai were rewarded for their positive start to the half when an array of mistakes from Bengal led to the ball falling at the feet of the substitute Raegan who picked out Nanda who was left unmarked on the right side of the 18 yard box whose powerful strike towards goal proved too hot to handle for Rehanesh in the East Bengal goal as he let the ball slip through his legs. The goal seemed to instill some much needed belief into the team from Chennai as they began to attack more which resulted in Nandakumar slipping past his man and firing a shot on goal which was held by Rehenesh.  

East Bengal came very close to grabbing a winner of their own in the dying moments of normal time when the ball got wedged between Chennai defender Abhishek Das and the post from an East Bengal corner. Fortunately for Chennai, nothing came off that and they were able to clear the ball out of harm’s way. The last few minutes of that game looked like a game of Attack vs. Defense with East Bengal even sending their big centre back up to act as a make shift centre forward as they went in search of the winning goal. East Bengal were constantly knocking on the doors and if not for the two Chennai city FC Centre backs Anyichei and Ravanan, the result might well have been different. 

With 4 minutes being added on Chennai seemed to be defending for their lives to hold on to what would’ve been a famous point for them. But, against the run of play they got a chance to break on the counter and the ball fell at the feet of Chennai striker Charles who shot at the East Bengal goal which was parried away but much to the dismay of Rehanesh in the East Bengal goal, the ball fell right at the feet of the substitute Prasanth who was able to poach the ball and tuck it into the goal with ease.

East Bengal were left stunned as they had no one else to blame but themselves for this loss. Two mistakes from their goalkeeper proved to be very costly as it denied them what could've been a routine victory on any other day. This loss means that their fate is no longer in their own hands and they will have to rely on other results to go their way to have any chance of being crowned champions of the I-League. 

The match ratings 

 Karanjit Singh 7.5/10. 

Made some great saves and for someone who always looked a little vulnerable with the air balls but showed great signs of improvement as he seemed to have the control inside the box. His distributions were also much improved.

Abhishek Das 7/10

He was defensively solid and also provided an attacking threat from time to time. Made the crucial Goal line clearance in the dying moments of the game.                       

Anicheyi & Ravanan 7.5/10

 Absolute rocks at the back thwarting the firepower of the EB forwards.                        

Debabrata Roy 6.5/10

He was good for most of the game but was caught out of position at times.                        

Nandakumar 8.5/10

Constant threat when he was on the ball constantly running at the EB defenders. Gave Chennai the much needed equalizer.  

Zakeer Mundampara 7/10 

Assured in position and also provided support defensively. Minus points for taking too much time when he was on the ball.                        

Dhanapal Ganesh 6/10




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